A Little (Big) Announcement

I’m launching a brand-new blog!

Yes, that is indeed correct – as of today, Frocks & Flowers will be no more. I wanted you, my band of lovely, loyal readers to be the first to know, and to point you in the direction of my brand-new blog, The Style Stories.

2017 marks ten years of blogging for me. From the hazy days of 2007, where I spent my first summer in Scotland mostly alone and holed up in my bedroom, escaping loneliness that felt like it would never end by reading the daily escapades of people like Susie, Elisabeth and many more – to today, where I blog to make sure that my love for writing has an outlet, and to create something that’s truly mine.

After these ten years, and many different guises,  now’s the time to start afresh and create a new space that reflects who I am now. I started Frocks & Flowers just as I was about to graduate university, and four years later, things are hugely different now and I am too.

My new blog will still be a mix of fashion, beauty, travel and interiors, but with a little more ‘me’ sprinkled on the pages, and a more grown-up (and hopefully more sophisticated) approach to things – I’ll also be sharing food reviews, lifestyle tips and anything else that pops up and takes my fancy. I just hope you’ll join me on the journey!

I want to finish off by saying thank-you to each and every one of you that’s read my words, liked these posts, saved them to come back to later or followed the blog – it’s so surreal knowing that there are literally hundreds of you that have enjoyed what I’ve shared on these pages.

I hope to see you on the other side! Join me at www.thestylestories.co.uk from today x

Wardrobe Wishlist: April

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GINGHAM DRESS | FLORAL DRESS | LEOPARD FLATS

SLOGAN TEE | GINGHAM BLOUSE | BARDOT BLOUSE | GREY BAG

Another month, another list of things as long as my arm that I’m lusting after!

I’m finding that this season, my tastes are moving away from colourful items and leaning more towards classic monochrome or muted tones; spring dialled down, if you will. I have just had the most enormous wardrobe clear-out, and most of the things that I’ve gotten rid of were just too bright or fussy, so what I want to do now is fill my closet with pieces that will work season after season.

I am making some allowances for colour, of course, but in a much simpler way – take this ruffled blue gingham smock dress, for instance. Gingham is such a basic block pattern that I feel more comfortable with a brighter blue, and the baggy smock shape makes the ruffles seem a lot more laidback too. I also love this beautiful floral summer dress; the print is super gorgeous, but the thing I like most is how pared-back the colours are. It’s as if somebody put a filter on the fabric, I love it!

Sticking to the classics, I’m lusting after a pair of leopard-print flats for Spring, and these lace-up pointed-toe Boden beauties would be perfect. They’d look great with basically everything in my wardrobe, and are the type of shoes I could wear to work, to a bar, on a night out or a picnic – the ultimate multi-taskers.

Something I’m always lacking in is great tops – ones that can work for basically any occasion. Before work in the morning, before a night out; the story is always the same, I’m raking through my wardrobe trying to find the right top for the outfit. I think I’m really missing a great t-shirt, and I’m so tempted by this embroidered Whistles number. A great basic tee would be perfect with jeans for work or the weekends, or with a leather skirt and cute flats for going out in the evenings. It’s £45, which I think is pretty steep for a t-shirt but as I say, I am tempted… I’m imagining it with those leopard flats and this elegant grey shoulder bag, the ideal easy outfit.

The other two blouses on my radar are both a littler fancier; I’ve been thinking about this M&S gingham blouse for a few weeks now, as I love the detailing on the sleeves and the ruffle peplum around the bottom. I can definitely see this one winging its way to my wardrobe! For something a bit different, this monochrome Bardot blouse from Uterque is so sophisticated and one of those timeless pieces that could slot into my wardrobe for seasons to come.

What’s on your wishlist this month?

Wardrobe Wishlist: March

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GINGHAM DRESS | GINGHAM BLOUSE | SUEDE BAG

BALLET FLATS | SLOGAN TEE | JUMPER | SWEATER

A new month, and time again for another wardrobe wishlist!

This month’s wishlist seems to be very Parisian; I think it’s inspired by my upcoming trip to the city of light. A pretty simplistic colour palette, with pops of colour, minimal shapes and limited print – the perfect Parisian capsule wardrobe, wouldn’t you agree?

I am loving the high street’s Spring offering so far; retro gingham is one of my favourite prints and the high street is awash with it. It was actually very difficult to whittle it down to these two pieces! I love this subtly ruffled blouse and this dynamite sundress, which is just so gorgeous… like Lana Del Rey at a barbecue.

Slogans aren’t usually my thing, but I am obsessed with this navy La Redoute sweater (I actually just snapped it up with their 30% off code!) and can see it working throughout Spring. And this Mango tee, with its not-so-subtle Bowie homage, is just too much fun to resist.

Accessories-wise, I’ve wanted a pair of dusky pink, satin ribbon ballet flats for years – I can actually remember painstakingly stitching ribbons onto a pair of plain pink ballet flats about ten years ago! These Topshop ones will make the process far easier, I’m sure. And who could ignore this gorgeous emerald green suede bag? It would be the perfect bag to take to Paris with me in May – super chic, big enough for the essentials and far cheaper than it looks!

A Stylish New Accessory

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It’s safe to say that, when I was unwrapping my Christmas presents a few weeks back, I certainly wasn’t expecting to see this! My darling Lewis had already totally spoiled me with most of the items on my wishlist (purchased before I’d even written that post!) so I thought I’d had my fill. But a Kate Spade watch? Totally not on my radar – but I’m so glad it was on his!

Blush pink leather, gold hardware and a gently shimmering mother of pearl face – the three dream components for a watch in my opinion, so the Metro watch was the perfect choice.

I’ve been wearing this basically every day since Christmas; the pale blush tone goes with absolutely everything in my wardrobe and makes it a gorgeous option for a daytime watch (see here and here for examples!). It’s sleek and chic and so feminine – and the little details, such as the tiny spade at the ’12’ space and on the arm, give me all the heart-eyes!

Do you wear a watch?

A Wardrobe Wishlist: Shopping The Sales Part 2

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Last week I shared with you my favourite picks from the sales for party outfits and special items, perfect for those occasions that require something a little fancier. Today I’m being a little more practical, sharing those pieces that have caught my eye that would slot right into an everyday wardrobe.

I made  a resolution this year to fall back in love with my wardrobe; to pick pieces that were perhaps a little more flamboyant than a Tuesday afternoon generally calls for, to always feel ‘dressed up’ and good about what I am wearing. I think many of us fall into the trap of ‘jeans, jumper and trainers’, and I am certainly guilty of this. So my selections here are all about adding a little extra pizazz into the day-to-day, something with a bit of sparkle or flair to take an everyday outfit to the next.

Breton tops are a wardrobe staple for me, but I feel like I’ve probably overworn them in my time. This navy blue style is easy enough to throw on every day but the little detail that really swings it for me is the ribbon back; so feminine, so French, sold! With this bargainous blue leather flap bag from Mango worn nonchalantly on the shoulder, this is the ideal kind of weekend outfit for me.

Prints and patterns are a simple way to add a bit of ‘wow’ to your wardrobe, and this tapestry-inspired jacquard miniskirt would instantly jazz up a simple black top and tights combo. It’s got just the right amount of retro flair to be super wearable too.

Interesting, day-to-day tops are a bit of a wardrobe must-have for me, and there’s a bit of a dearth of them in my closet at the moment. What I am constantly on the hunt for are blouses and tops that go with skirts and jeans, and can be worn for work or play, changed around, always comfortable and always flattering. I’m not asking for the world… But these two are right at the top of my wishlist. The blue Lovell blouse from the M&S Archive by Alexa collection is down to £16 in the sale, and it’s got just the right amount of detail to make an outfit interesting. I’d pair this buttoned-up blouse with a black mini and Chelsea boots for that scrumptious 60s swing I lust after. Similarly, this classic black Peter Pan collar blouse would work with any number of outfits for an instantly-chic look. Add these bargainous boots to the mix and that’s a serious style update right there.

And of course, any day-to-day wardrobe needs those items that aren’t just for the daily grind. For days out, weekend adventures or just Saturday brunch, there’s those pieces that aren’t super-dressy but just add a little bit of oomph for the occasion. This confetti-spotted culotte jumpsuit is one such piece; wear it over a white blouse for easy weekend chic, or go bare-shouldered and pair with stacked heels for a great afternoon/evening ensemble. And while this pretty pink frock would be dreamy for any day of the week, you could also add it to the list of pieces to wear for those ever-so-slightly dressier occasions too. The blush tone is perfect for spring, and I adore the ruffled collar and crochet details. It appears that SS17 will be a raging retro-mania for me!

 

A Wardrobe Wishlist: Shopping the Sales Part 1

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The sales might be a tricky one to navigate – with ever-decreasing discounts so you’re never sure when to take the plunge, to knowing when to swoop and grab that last must-have in your size, it can be a bit of a minefield.

Personally, I like to divide my sales shopping up into two categories to try and make it a little more organised; I prefer to separate my searching into ‘daywear’ and ‘partywear’ categories. Otherwise I find my shopping basket overflowing with sequins and lace, jumpers and jumpsuits and just not sure what can be worn where and with what. Separating the load into pretty daywear and luxe basics, and glitzier pieces perfect for a night on the tiles, makes it so much easier to know where the gaps in my wardrobe are and what I need (and what I don’t, but will probably buy anyway!).

So for part one of my Sales Wardrobe Wishlist, I’m going all out on the glitz front. Yes, party season may be over, but this is the perfect time to stock up on those glam purchases perfect for nights out, parties and special occasions to see you through the year to come.

Looking at my wishlist, I’m not steering far from my favourite colours; pink, navy and black, with a healthy dose of gold and silver – I’d recommend this way of shopping, picking things in your staple shades as it means they’re far more likely to be worn!

I’ll start with possibly the glitziest piece on the wishlist; this silver sequin sweater from Topshop. It’s the perfect way to jazz up a pair of jeans and would look dreamy paired with messy hair, black jeans or leather leggings, and this sleek Chloe lookalike leather shoulder bag from H&M.

Also from H&M is this blush satin party dress – which is currently winging its way to me and cost just £8.99! Spending so little on such a statement piece makes great fashion maths – this fancy, flouncy frock won’t get worn much but the cost per wear will automatically be so low that it doesn’t really matter.

Not so good on the cost-per-wear scale is this funnel-necked black and silver sequin mini dress, bedazzled with stars. It’s down to £60 in the Topshop sale, which I still think is pretty pricey for a party dress, but it won’t stop me getting all starry-eyed over it… Also starry but much cheaper is this pretty monochrome blouse, which is currently £8 at Boohoo. It’s sheer with a plunging neckline, and would be such an easy piece to throw on for dinner or cocktails, low-key with jeans or you could amp it up with some statement trousers or some stunning shoes, like this gorgeous gold ankle boots which are currently around £16 from H&M.

Finally, a jumpsuit is a great piece to wear for weddings, parties or just a night on the town. This navy velvet pleated numbernavy velvet pleated number from Topshop is just £20 and is super chic; subtly 70s, and navy looks good on everyone. I think this would be so easy to throw on for a last-minute night out and still be the best-dressed person at the bar!

What’s on your wardrobe wishlist? Stay tuned for part two, my daywear sales edit too.

Frocks with Flowers

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DRESS: TOPSHOP | BAG: H&M | HAIRBAND: NEW LOOK | SHOES: NEW LOOK

Excuse the obvious lateness of these photos; I think somewhere in the rush of getting everything ready to move, I must have completely forgotten about this shoot! We went to Richmond back in July for a day of exploring before we left the city, and what a beautiful day it was. I remember it feeling like the first real day of summer, and we loved discovering this amazing part of London that we hadn’t ventured to before. Wandering around Kew Gardens and Richmond Park is certainly not a bad way to spend a Saturday…

If you haven’t been to this part of town before, I really recommend it. A beautiful twisting little high street leads down to the riverfront, which is just so picturesque. Huge houses towering over the waterline, hidden lanes covered with greenery… even a pink palace! What more could you want?

Keeping in with the botanical theme, I wore one of my favourite dresses for the occasion; this pretty pink floral midi never fails as far as I’m concerned! It’s one of those rare all-rounder pieces in my wardrobe – I’ve worn it with bare legs and heels for a trip to the theatre, with tights and ankle boots in the winter, and here with casual trainers for a day of walking. It just works!

I just loved this day and I’m annoyed I forgot to share these photos, but at least we have them now. It’s places like this and days like this that I will miss having in London, but I am excited about having a whole new city to explore and share with you (providing I remember that I have the photos, of course…!)